Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Toyota will bring Alexa to its USA cars this year

Google’s advertising for its voice assistant is all over Las Vegas for CES Google’s advertising for its voice assistant is all over Las Vegas for CES
Theresa Hayes | 13 January, 2018, 06:14

Three years and change since the launch of Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa has quickly spread beyond the Echo product line into a myriad of other smart-home appliances.

Toyota's Entune 3.0 system debuted on its 2018 Camry and Sienna models past year and Lexus' version showed up a couple of months later on RC, LS, and LC models.

The march of Amazon's Alexa into the automotive world continues.

HP Pavilion Wave is one of the desktops to support Amazon Alexa voice assistant. At CES in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Toyota announced the voice technology would be incorporated with the carmaker's infotainment systems.

People whose Toyotas come with the Entune 3.0 App Suite, like 2018 Camry and Sienna models, as well as Lexus owners whose auto runs the Enform App Suite 2.0, will be able to speak with Amazon's AI assistant this year. Lexus is the company's luxury brand.

The company says Alexa can help customers with thousands of things like giving directions, controlling entertainment, getting the news, adding items to a shopping list or even controlling their smart home while out and about on the road.

Voice-activated systems are becoming prevalent in new automobiles, either via manufacturers' own tech or through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

A number of carmakers have introduced Amazon Alexa voice commands that can activate the locks and climate control on their cars, but Toyota is going a step further with Alexa integration by bringing Alexa into the auto.